The Institute for Clinical Social Work


2013 Convocation: Graduation Ceremony and Reception


The Board of Trustees of The Institute for Clinical Social Work will confer the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Social Work to Andrea Harris Alpert, Mary-Beth A. Golden, and A. Maria Nanos.

Saturday, June 1, 2013
At ICSW: 8th Floor Auditorium Robert Morris Center
401 South State Street, Chicago
Graduation Processional at 10:00 am Reception to follow

Convocation Speakers

Marcia Dobson, Ph.D., has taught at Colorado College in the Classics Department since 1993. In addition to a Ph.D. from Harvard University in Classical Philology, Professor Dobson received a second Ph.D. in 1998, in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis on Depth psychology, where her dissertation crossed the lines of the disciplines, focusing on ancient Greek epic and tragedy in relation to modern psychological notions of transitional space and experience. Dobson initiated the psychoanalysis minor at Colorado College, and now teaches classes in contemporary psychoanalysis at Colorado College and at the Institute for Psychoanalysis in Chicago during the summer. Her recent research and publications consider classical texts in their relationship to psychoanalytic thinking and theory. She is also an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology.

John Riker, Ph.D., has taught philosophy at Colorado College since 1968. He chaired the department for 15 years and has been named the Judson Bemis Professor of the Humanities. He was also the Kohut Professor at the University of Chicago (fall, 2003). He has been named teacher of the year three times, advisor of the year once, and was the initial recipient of the Victor Nelson-Cisneros Award for the person most involved with aiding diversity on campus. His areas of interest in philosophy are ethics, history of philosophy, Greek philosophy, psychoanalysis, American philosophy, and metaphysics. His research interests center on the intersection of a psychoanalytic understanding of human nature with ethics.

Family and friends are invited to be our guests at the ceremony and reception. ​For more information, please contact Elizabeth Oller at (312) 935-4232 or